NFPA Welcomes New Service Supplier Member: Smithers Rapra

Smithers RapraLocated in Akron, Ohio, Smithers Rapra has provided a complete portfolio of testing and consulting services for more than 90 years.  These services support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, fluid power, polymer products, energy, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, industrial, and consumer products.  From material chemistry and physical testing to full product assembly testing, Smithers Rapra is able to test to industry and OEM specifications as well as able to work with clients to support custom protocols in support of product development.  Smithers Rapra internal expertise specifically includes years of experience with hoses and fluid transfer systems.

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